Father’s Day is coming up quickly! And for us as a church, that also means participating in the beautiful practice of child dedications.
At a child dedication, Christian parents come before the church with their child for at least three reasons:
To publicly acknowledge the child is a gift from God and to ask for God’s help in raising the child.
To publicly commit themselves to the task of raising their child within a Christian home by embodying the Gospel and praying God would save their child.
To ask for help and prayers from the family of God in raising their child in a manner consistent with the Gospel.
When we trust Jesus to save us, God brings us into His own blood-purchased family. We are given new identities as sons and daughters of God solely due to His grace. God gives and we receive. We are wholly dependent on God’s saving work.
Child dedications rehearse this Gospel.
We receive God’s good gift of children and at the same time recognize our complete dependence upon Him to save them. As God has welcomed us into His family, we welcome our children into our church family.
Child dedications do NOT save any child – God alone does that if, when and how He chooses. And child dedications are not commanded in Scripture, even though throughout the Bible we do see a variety of ways families commit their children to the Lord. Rather, child dedications declare our commitment to raise the child in a church family that has been and is being made new by the grace of God.
If you follow Jesus and have children who have not been dedicated but would like to publicly acknowledge God’s gift and commit with us to raise the child in a manner embodying the Gospel by God’s grace, please let Liz know.
This is the third piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
3.) CREATION OF HUMANITY: We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Men and women are made equal in the image of God and enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus. Both men and women are called to signiﬁcant engagement in family, church, and civic life.
Children have an immense capacity for creativity in communication through art. The elementary aged students (5 years old through 5th grade) worked for two Sundays on family portraits. They were instructed to draw their families enjoying one another, serving or participating in the community at large, or their family in the context of church life. Their 36 separate images create one large piece of artwork conveying that we all are made IN HIS IMAGE!
Artists: The Town Kids and Melody Shaddix, Cassy Reeves, Renee Rillo
This is the second piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
We believe that God has inspired the words of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. These writings alone constitute the Word of God, which is utterly authoritative, without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, and sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do.
Psalm 12:6 says: “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” This scripture is the basis for my artwork. In the center of the quilt are 66 blocks representing the 66 books of the Bible. This segment of the quilt is quilted in a freeform wave pattern to illustrate that all scripture is God-breathed. The blocks are arranged in a triangular layout because we believe in a triune God. Additionally, they are various shades of gray, with a silver tulle quilted as an overlay, to convey pure silver. The surrounding background in vibrant blues, oranges and reds conjure up the idea of a refining fire. There are seven flames embroidered in the quilting to represent the seven purifications. I’ve been quilting since early 2012 and I love creating works of art with fabric.
On April 28 we began a 13-week study of our doctrinal statement. Each week we will cover one point of this statement in an attempt to grow in our affections for the God of the Bible. You can follow along and listen to each of these sermons here.
Several months ago we gathered the artists of The Town Church to ask them to consider representing each of these doctrines in a work of art. Each week we will present the work as well as an artist’s statement about the work. Below is the art for week 1.
1.) THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in one God, who eternally exists in three equally divine Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
This piece is an imperfect attempt to represent the triune nature of God. The triangle shown is a variation of the Penrose triangle, an optical illusion that pushes and plays with our limits of human understanding. This felt appropriate because it is impossible for our finite selves to fully comprehend the infinite nature and being of God. Each equal section of the shape represents 1 person of the triune God:
God the Father (YHWH)
God the Son (The hand of Jesus)
God the Spirit (Dove wing as a representation the Spirit at Jesus’ baptism)
Each section of the shape folds back into itself as a representation of the 3 persons of the Trinity knowing, loving, and glorifying each while each being part of the whole.
The primary colors represent the Triune God being the foundation and author of creation and beauty.